We are happy to announce the Charity of the Month for May is Way Alliance. By the age of 19, 40% of Texas foster youth haven’t finished high school or earned a GED. By 21, 27% still haven’t finished. More than one-third of youth who age out will experience homelessness by the time they are 26. By the age of 21, 30% of foster youth have criminal justice involvement and 25% experience incarceration.
Way Alliance is an organization that support youth transitioning from foster care to independence by helping North Texas youth with foster care experience (ages 14-24) establish trusting relationships, locate critical resources, and develop the vital skills necessary to begin healing from trauma and succeed in life. Through one-on-one mentoring, each participating youth will be teamed up with a trained and caring adult. Not only will they focus on building a relationship and having fun together, but they will also work toward the youth’s goals and help establish a foundation for a successful future. Way Alliance also connects them to resources in our community to ensure their needs are met for housing, education, jobs, and more. These young people also are introduced to new educational and recreational opportunities where they can learn and practice vital life skills with an emphasis on self-advocacy.